When a company named Transtoll is awarded a contract on the Sea to Sky highway, you can bet it isn't to carry out line painting.
In fact, the wholly owned subsidiary of Macquarie Atlas Roads, a part of Macquarie Group, has a single focus - tolls ... and how to collect them.
So... the BC Ministry of Transport has continually denied that there are shadow tolls on the Sea to Sky highway. Perhaps then, the ministry (and the minister) can explain this June 2010 (post-Olympics) news release from the company itself.
Dan Toohey, Executive Vice President at Transtoll, said “The accuracy of the trafficcounting system is extremely important on the Sea to Sky Highway because the roadway is financed through a shadow tolling scheme. Transtoll is pleased to provide our experience and expertise to allow the Concession to optimize their system and capture accurate vehicle counts in a cost effective manner”.That would make the ministry and the minister - liars.
What's happening is that the happy skiers bound for Olympic Whistler are getting a free ride on a highway most British Columbians will never use but will pay for anyway. I'll have a lot more on that in the future.
In the meantime, read more at Laila Yule's.